Wow, great thread! I'm so glad to hear other peoples stories. Here's mine....
In early 2000 I was looking through the usual onslaught of garden catalogs and I saw one from Gurney's nursery. It had a listing for "Edible Fig" I had eaten dried figs before and liked them but wasn't totally crazy about them ( oh how times have changed) but I decided to order the small plant with a few other things. This plant lived inside for several years all year long and wasn't the healthiest specimen. After the 2nd or 3rd year I got a fig and it was pretty good. Right around that time I found out that it really needs a rest while its living in my latitude so I began to over winter it in my basement and then in a couple of years later it would live in my greenhouse.
I never knew what kind of fig it was and was fairly content with being the weird plant guy growing a fig tree in WI. Then I went to a fruit tree grafting workshop at the Miwdwest Organic Farming conference... about 5 years ago. Wow, I was on fire for fruit trees. Then I started to look at my fig tree through a different lens. I too found the gardenweb fig forum and was blown away by all the other people into figs...and all the different kinds! I got help with the ID on my mystery fig, actually a strawberry verte, and was thrilled. I reached out to 2 members there Gorgi and KKfromNJ and they gave me my first cuttings. I was hooked and will always have a feeling of gratitude to the people who have supported me in my obsession uh I mean passion. :-)